23 days in East Asia Itinerary

23 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Train to London Heathrow, Fly to Tokyo
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
Drive
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Tokamachi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yuzawa-machi
— 1 night
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Train to Hamamatsucho, Tram to Tokyo Haneda, Fly to Oita
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Oita
— 3 nights
Drive
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Fukuoka
— 3 nights
Fly
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Osaka
— 6 nights
Fly

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Tokyo

— 6 nights
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland, Ikspiari, &more). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, wander the streets of Ginza, and get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo tour builder website.

Exeter, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Exeter to Tokyo is 9 hours. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Tokamachi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Theme Parks · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Tokamachi

— 2 nights
Tōkamachi is a city located in southwest Niigata Prefecture, in the Hokuriku region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 54,104 and a population density of 91.6 persons per km². Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Eirinji Temple, don't miss a visit to Kiyotsukyo Keikoku Tunnel, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Midama Futoson, and finally take in the views from Sarutobi Bridge. On your second day here, stop by Hara Sake Brewery, then identify plant and animal life at Kamo Rice Terraces, then admire the striking features of House of Light, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Sennen no Yu.

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You can drive from Tokyo to Tokamachi in 3.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in December: highs in Tokamachi hover around 9°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Yuzawa-machi.

Things to do in Tokamachi

Historic Sites · Parks · Spas · Wildlife

Side Trips

Yuzawa-machi

— 1 night
It takes just over one hour to reach Yuzawa-machi from the country's capital by bullet train.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): head outdoors with Kagura Tashiro Ski Resort, fly down the slopes at Kagura Ski Resort, then make a trip to Ponshukan, and finally explore the striking landscape at Yuzawa Kogen.

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You can drive from Tokamachi to Yuzawa-machi in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Oita.

Things to do in Yuzawa-machi

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Nature

Oita

— 3 nights
The gateway to a wealth of dynamic landscapes and some of the country's most atmospheric religious and cultural sites, Oita, in touristic terms, acts primarily as a transport hub.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Oita: Usa (Usajingu Shrine, Usajingu Shrine Jogu, &more), Usuki (Nioza Rekishi no Michi, Fukura Tenmangu, &more) and Beppu (Spas, Hells of Beppu, &more). There's more to do: steep yourself in history at Magari Stone Budda and get to know the resident critters at Takasakiyama Nature Zoo.

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Do a combination of train, tram, and flight from Yuzawa-machi to Oita in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Oita

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Fukuoka

— 3 nights

City of Yatai

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Venture out of the city with trips to Yame (Japanese Wisteria of Kurogi, Greenpia Yame, &more), Onojo - Chikuzenkoku (in Onojo) and Dazaifu (Komyozen-ji Temple & Dazaifu Tenman-gu). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Hakata Station, see the interesting displays at Kurume World Camellia Museum, learn about winemaking at Kyoho Winery, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Organic Esthe Salon Fuu.

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Traveling by car from Oita to Fukuoka takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Fukuoka can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to fly to Osaka.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks · Historic Sites · Wineries · Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka

— 6 nights
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Jishu Shrine (in Otsu), Kyoto (Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, &more) and Komyoji Temple (in Nagaokakyo). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, contemplate the long history of Oyamazaki Sanso Seikaro, stop by Dotombori District, and make a trip to Kuchu Teien Observatory.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Osaka sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Fukuoka to Osaka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. On the 8th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Niigata Prefecture travel guide

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Ski Areas · Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks
Niigata Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located on the island of Honshu on the coast of the Sea of Japan. The capital is the city of Niigata with which it shares the same name.HistoryUntil after the Meiji Restoration, the area that is now Niigata Prefecture was divided into Echigo Province (on the mainland) and Sado Province. During the Sengoku period, the Nagao clan, who were at times vassals to the Uesugi, ruled a fief in the western part of modern Niigata from Kasugayama Castle. The most notable member of the Nagao clan was Nagao Kagetora, later and better known as Uesugi Kenshin. He unified the leaders of Echigo Province and became its sole ruler. By taking the surname Uesugi, he also became the head of the Uesugi clan and effectively brought their realm under his control.The city of Niigata is now the third largest Japanese city facing the Sea of Japan, after Fukuoka and Kitakyushu. It was the first Japanese port on the Sea of Japan to be opened to foreign trade following the opening of Japan by Matthew Perry. It has since played an important role in trade with Russia and Korea. A freighter from North Korea visits Niigata once a month, in one of the few forms of direct contact between Japan and that country.

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